Aiyana Jones of Detroit, who was 7 years old, was killed this past Sunday when the police were conducting a raid on her home. During the raid, the crew of The First 48, a television reality show about cops, was filming the raid.
Some people are questioning whether the police would have used the same tactics during the raid if they were not being filmed. Sources say that the police entered the home on a no-knock warrant, threw a flash-grenade into the house, and then burst through the door. It is reported that simultaneously, a shot was fired that hit Aiyana in the neck and killed her.
The incident has some people wondering whether police act differently when they are being filmed. An attorney for Aiyana’s family (who has now been replaced by Geoffrey Fieger) has blamed her death on the presence of the cameras. She believes that if the crew had not been filming, the police would not have used a flash-grenade to enter the home where they knew children were residing, or would have entered with at least a little more care.
This raises the question: Would you do your job the same if you were being filmed for a reality T.V. show?
Should reality shows be allowed to follow and film police during live police raids and criminal events? We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject!